Overcoming the battle


John Landino's Cross Walk was a highlight of Good Friday. We all must remember the importance of the cross. It's message is needed now more than ever. PHOTO BY JASMINE WILLIS

By Jasmine Willis


In the end the human spirit always wins.


When I was in college, I remember seeing some bathroom graffiti reaching out about a tragedy. I remember thinking it was nice to see that instead of the usual strange things written on the bathroom walls.


It sparked a very emotional and inspirational college news article about the power of coming together in dark times.


It is in my solitude that I recall that story, and the emotions that came along for the ride. Here we all are in dark times yet again.


We are all on some unknown battlefield for a long time. It seems like it has been eons, and it has only been a few weeks. I know that we all miss our friends and family in this very difficult time.


It feels like there is no end in sight. We have a major holiday around the corner that brings all of us together. None of us can be in our safe place right now. We can’t be in our places of worship, our jobs, or with our loved ones.


Those who are working tirelessly in this hard time are beyond exhausted, and putting everything they have into keeping society running on all cylinders.


I think about the nurses, doctors, first responders, police, grocery employees, postal workers, restaurant workers, personal care aids, bankers and anyone else who is considered an essential employee right now. I think about them working overtime trying to keep us all alive.


I think about those who are dealing with the Covid-19 virus right now in their lives or their loved one’s lives. I think about how scared they must be, and how I wish nothing more than a speedy recovery for them.


It seems as though we are all falling apart right now, and every time we turn on the news it just gets worse and worse.


More and more outbreaks of the virus are being reported, and it feels like this tragedy is getting worse instead of better.


Yet we need to hold onto the one thing we have left. The one thing that this virus cannot take away. The human’s ability for compassion and hope in these dark times.


I am seeing an outpour of goodness, kindness, compassion, love, and hope in these times. I

am seeing people helping their neighbors. I am seeing people sharing food and supplies. I am seeing people creating art to cheer others up. I am seeing the message of hope across the nation.


We know we need to social distance, wash our hands, wear a mask if we leave the house, stay six feet away from other people, and report any symptoms of the virus to our doctor.

We know we need to be kind to all of our essential employees who are doing the best they can in this difficult time.


We know we need to do what we can for one another to make it out of this battle. We will overcome this tragedy. We can overcome anything as long as we keep the human spirit alive. We have done it over and over again in the past.


For updated information on the Covid-19 and how to handle this virus go to the NY Department of Health Novel Coronavirus. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

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